Thursday, February 2, 2012

8 months!

Last week Scarlett turned 8 months old.  In 4 short months my girl will be one year old.  Wow.



I’ve already started thinking about her birthday party.  While I would love to have it at our house, it’s just too small.  Plus our dogs are too rowdy for too many guests.  I thought about having it at a local park but I’m wondering if it would be too crazy to have it at a park/playground.  On a Saturday.  In May.  Hmmmm….probably not the best idea.  I don’t want to have it somewhere where I would have to pay a bunch of money.  I know the park/playground idea would probably charge to use a pavillion but that wouldn’t be too outrageous.

Decisions, decisions.

At her last doctor appointment last Friday she weighed about 16.5 pounds, with clothes on.  She gained a pound in one week!  I was so excited!  She is finally starting to gain some weight.  I think that puts her in the 20th percentile or somewhere close to that.  Some 12 month clothing fits her, depending on the brand.  Mostly she is still wearing 6-9 months, although her 6-9 month jammies are snug if they have feet on them.

She is on so many supplements and vitamins to help with her eczema and I think they are finally working.  For her morning bottle she gets 1/4 teaspoon of probiotics, 1/2 teaspoon of zinc, a dropper full of multivitamin, 2 droppers full of fish oil, 1 dropper full of vitamin d and a scoop of glutamine.  I feel like a chemist.  I have seen an improvement in her skin though.  Her doctor commented that she now looks like a normal baby suffering from eczema.  My hope is that with the help of all these supplements and time, she will outgrow it.

Scarlett is a pro at sitting.  No problems there.  We’ve been working on crawling but I think we still have awhile.  She’ll be on all fours and will rock a little but that’s about it.  Usually, she’ll just plop her head down on the floor.  Oh well.  I’m in no rush for her to learn to crawl.

We finally have top teeth!  Two started coming through at the same time and now they are both visible.  She’s even begun to grind her teeth together.  I hope that she’s just exploring the new teeth and not developing a bad habit.  I still need to get some pictures of the new teeth.


This is what my mom refers to as Scarlett’s “googie face.”  This month her eyes are deciding whether to be brown like her Mama or green like her Papa.  I would have bet money they were going to stay blue but green is good too…

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fast forward 2 months…

So, yeah, I have not been so good about keeping up with my blog.  The combination of working full time and being a mom has gotten the best of me.  I have a hard time keeping up with a lot of things.  Blogging, laundry, making baby food, showering.  You name it, I’ve been slacking on it.

One thing I have been good about is taking Scarlett’s monthly picture.  This is my favorite girl at 6 months:

6 months

And at 7 months:

7 months

Since my last post around 5 months old, Scarlett got her first tooth on 11/12 (5.5 months old).


The first tooth resulted in trying out her first food.

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  She enjoyed it thoroughly.  Since then she’s had carrots, avocado, applesauce, sweet potato, pears, green beans, squash and blueberries.  And I’ve made all her food.  Don’t worry, I’ve already patted myself on the back.  :)


We celebrated her first Thanksgiving over my parents house.  No turkey for her but she had fun all the same.

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I finished her fish hat and I love it!  Plus, it used up some leftover yarn I had, which is a bonus.


She got her second tooth on 11/28 at 6 months old.  She now has three teeth but I didn’t get a picture of the third one.  They all came within two weeks of each other.  No top teeth yet…


I realized I may have the real Beiber baby.  I mean, look at that hair!  He can’t deny that DNA!


We saw Santa for the first time.  I wasn’t sure how she would react.  Normally she’s a happy, social baby but you never know with Santa.  She was fine.  Smiled for the camera and everything.  And can I just say how awesome this Santa is?  He was so sweet and patient and he had a real beard.  A + in my book!


Scarlett’s first Christmas was just perfect.  Nothing too extravagant.  Nothing too over the top.  We had a nice breakfast (baked french toast that I found on pinterest…YUM!) and then opened gifts.  Afterwards we took a much needed nap on the couch and then we went over to my parents house to open more gifts and have dinner.  The perfect day.


That was the first time she sat up on her own, unassisted, for more than a few seconds.  Since then she’s been having a blast sitting on the floor and playing with her toys.  If anyone is interested, I got the bow from my friend, Annie, who owns Little Miss Muffets.  She makes and sells bows, onesies, tutu’s, and other fun stuff.  You can find her shop on facebook. 

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Another cute bow on a cute girl.  :)


This was the sweater I made for her for Christmas.  We won’t tell anyone that I didn’t finish it until after Christmas, now will we?  I did finish before New Year’s, so that counts for something, right?


Scarlett hasn’t started pulling up just yet but she will hold herself there for a few seconds if you stand her up.  I’m so not ready for her to be mobile.  I think I might have at least another month before she starts crawling.  She just started sitting up so I hope it’s at least another month.


Just last week she discovered splashing.  Normally, when we give her a bath Courtney has to hold her hands so she doesn’t scratch.  Her eczema is a constant battle.  We’ve been to umpteen doctor’s appointments.  I thought her appointment with Johns Hopkins pediatric dermatology would bring us some relief but they basically told me to keep putting Aquaphor on it.  Needless to say, I did not make a follow up appointment.  Her pediatrician thinks it’s all related to food allergies so I’ve stopped breastfeeding (still sad about that) and we’ve put her on a new formula that is allergen free.  The bath picture was from when she was on an oral steroid which gave her about 9 days of relief.  I was told to bathe her every day but make them short (about 5 minutes) baths.  She was having so much fun for once so we let her play in the bath for about 15 minutes.  My pants were soaking wet but it was so worth it to see her have fun in the bath.  We’re still waiting to see if the new formula makes a difference or not, now that she’s off the oral steroid.   I pray that it does because it kills me to see her so itchy all the time.

And I think that officially brings me up to date.